I just wanted to take some time out of my regularly scheduled programming to just say thank you. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me both privately and via comments in regards to my last personal post (not the one about Kotex- haaa). I know the whole issue of anxiety isn't necessarily a new thing, but it can certainly be a touchy subject. For those of you who offered advice- thank you so much. Today I plan on hitting up the health food store in search of some natural remedies for anxiety because, quite frankly, I don't want to add to my gray hair collection on my head. I'm not emotionally ready for that!

It's been a rocky past few days, but I finally have a few days of peace and quiet before having to do anything major. And for that I am grateful! Far too often in this seemingly superficial world of beauty blogging does it seem like I'm on my own, but I've come to realize that I have a great support system within this online beauty community (heeeey Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida boo boo's!). So for that as well I am eternally grateful.

All sappiness aside, I'm trying to get back in the groove today. I can't guarantee a regular blogging schedule for the next few weeks, but you can guarantee that I'm going to be working my hardest to stay consistent. And remain optimistic. Thanks again for all the positive vibes! You're all really rad.

5 Fall Must-Haves for Your Handbag with U by Kotex


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by U by Kotex and Wal-Mart.
Is it just me or has fall crept up super quickly? It feels like just yesterday when I was prepping for summertime to start! Alas, fall is here and I've teamed up with U by Kotex once again to show you my 5 fall essentials for my handbag.
  1. U by Kotex CleanWear Pads- I believe it is always best to be prepared in the event of a... feminine emergency. Which is why I don't go anywhere without these pads. 
  2. Kleenex Slim Packs- Besides the super adorable packaging on this, these slim packs are incredibly useful. In the fall, my allergies go extra crazy, so it's always super helpful to have these in my bag.
  3. Waterproof mascara- This may seem like a silly thing to keep in my purse, but hear me out! I keep my mascara really light during the day, so when I go out at night I like to amp up the lash factor. With this in my bag, I can add a few coats of mascara to my lashes before going out at night.
  4. Vampy lipstick- Because nothing screams "fall" quite like a vampy lipstick does!
  5. Brow pencil- Just like my mascara, I apply my brow pencil with a light hand in the mornings, but then want a more defined brow later on in the evening. Simple solution: bring my brow pencil with me to make that transition!
And because sharing is truly caring, you can score my top two favorite handbag essentials, the U by Kotex Pads (or Tampons!) with Kleenex Slim Packs, for a limited time at Wal-Mart! Not only that, but Wal-Mart also has some pretty rad products available for some prettttty darn good prices that are pretty much meant to be in your handbag.

And you know what's better than Wal-Mart's already low prices? A coupon to make the prices that much lower! The more times you share this coupon on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, the more money you will save on your next Kleenex and U by Kotex purchase. This offer includes three coupons for Kleenex ($.50, $.75, $1) and three coupons for U by Kotex ($.75, $1, $1.50). So really, what are you waiting for? Click through to snap up this great deal! What are some of your essentials for your handbag?



I feel like I need to be a bit more honest with you all. As I'm sure you've noticed by now, my posting has been rather sporadic in recent months. There has been an enormous amount of things going on in my personal life that has unfortunately creeped into my blogging life as well. Several weeks ago, I wrote about how I've been feeling uninspired, and a lot of you guys offered some great advice on gaining inspiration. I've been in a very strange rut for what seems like a very long time now, and it all boils down to something new I've been dealing with: anxiety.

Reflecting on my life, I'm coming to the realization that anxiety has been a constant presence in my life, although I've never called it that. Admitting anxiety issues essentially meant admitting defeat, something my pride would never allow. There have been several anxiety triggers this year- the death of my dog, stress about my future, and, more recently, the death of my grandmother earlier this morning. While on the outside I may seem cool, calm, and collected, just know that on the inside I'm probably freaking out. I've even been having trouble sleeping at night, because my anxiety keeps me awake and contemplating things that are ultimately out of my control. My anxiety also has the ability to make my physically ill, although thankfully Pepto Bismol is able to help me in that department. I haven't spoken to my doctor about this because I don't want to be prescribed a strong medication that will alter me in a negative way... I want to try to cope with this in the most natural way possible.

I know that this is a very unusual post to be reading from me. After all, this is a blog about beauty. But at its core, Brikasia is a place for me to express myself, and at the present moment, writing about my latest struggle is helping me, for better or for worse, cope. I am absolutely terrible at expressing my feelings, and my finger has been hovering over the "Publish" button for several hours already. But I am going to publish this post, regardless of what it will do to my traffic or other petty "blogger problems"-esque things, in the hopes that some of you have some tips on how to deal with anxiety issues. Thanks for sticking around, everyone. Truly! From the bottom of my heart. Sorry for getting so personal up in here.

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 30


Happy Sunday! I totally skipped last week's Weekend Wrap Up last weekend, shame on me! I've been a terrible blogger. Anyway, I'm currently in New York right now, and while I've been in town, I got to spend some time with the stunning Marissa of BeauTeaBar and created a gorgeous tutorial that will be coming up within the next month or so! I can't wait to show it off, we only used the newest La Bella Figura makeup. I'm excited! And also glad that Marissa was my model. Anyway, besides that, here's what you've missed!

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

  • This gadget is BRILLIANT. I need it and I want it. A bracelet that also charges your phone? Yes please. (Garance Dore)
  • This white outfit is STUNNING. Danielle, grl, you're killing it. (Shikshin)
  • Really loving this idea of a flower embellished photo! (A Beautiful Mess)
  • Here's a very handy guide to essential oils! (A Cup of Jo)
  • Loving this colorful makeup look by Coco! (The Beauty Milk)
  • This "Falling Leaves" makeup tutorial by Miranda is so gorgeous and so perfect for fall. (Slashed Beauty)
  • What would your fashion blog name be? Apparently mine would be DVF DTF. Not gonna lie, I totally love it. (Man Repeller)

// Jamming Out //

My beloved Walk the Moon has finally released a new song called Shut Up and Dance, and you guys... you will totally shut up and you will totally start dancing. Such a jam.


Kylie Jenner VMAs Makeup Look


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Did any of you guys watch the VMAs this year? Well, it was a total snoozefest until Queen Bey KILLED IT with a medley of songs from her latest album, but I must say... The makeup looks at the show were ON. POINT. I'm not really into the Kardashian clan, but I gotta give it to the youngest one, Kylie Jenner. Her makeup look was stunning and is such a great look for a toned-down yet still amped-up makeup look for special events! I teamed up with the wonderful ladies of The Beauty Council to give you a breakdown of my favorite look from the VMAs.
Now what is The Beauty Council, you may ask? Well, simply put, we are a group of diverse beauty bloggers who will be curating a new take on beauty twice a month. We'll feature our take on our favorite celebrity looks, do beauty challenges, and so much more. I am so proud to be apart of this group of amazing women! With that aside, here's how to create the Kylie Jenner look!

5 Drugstore Nude Lipsticks For Your Fall Smoky Eye


Ed. Note: I am busy traveling today, so I asked one of my favorite bloggers, Miranda from Slashed Beauty, to write a guest post for me! I really love this article, and I hope you do, too! ~Brianna

As we start transitioning into fall, you may notice some beauty looks emerging that had been hiding from the dog days of summer. One of my favorite trends? Dramatic smoky eyes, of course! My eyes have always been my favorite part of my face to play up, which is probably why it took me 19 years to actually start wearing lipstick on the regular. Now that I’m pretty much addicted to it, though, I must wear it even when I’m doing an extra sultry eye look!
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Enter: the nude lipstick. The “little black dress” of your lipstick collection, a good nude lipstick can go with anything. Think you only need one? Think again. There are so many different type of nude lipsticks that can flatter a range of skin tones. Today, I’m going to share five of my favorite that are straight from the drugstore. Buy one, buy them all… you won’t break the bank doing so!
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  1. Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Stormy Sahara (From the Buffs Collection)
    This lipstick shade leans dusty-rose with a moisturizing formula that retains a bit of translucency. It has warm undertones and is one of my your-lips-but-better shades. 
  2. NYC Expert Last Lipstick in Smooch
    Smooch is a very light pink that can look nude/neutral on lighter skin tones. It’s definitely the most colorful shade on this list, but is subtle enough to compliment your smokey eye. 
  3. Jordana Lipstick in Natural Touch
    This cheap thrill is one of my favorite neutrals to reach for! Another one that has a pink flush to it, Natural Touch is a rosy mauve that will add color to the lips without overpowering your face. 
  4. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Juicy Peach
    This tinted lip balm packs super moisture for the lips with a very sheer peach shade that contains shimmer. The shade is not bright at all, and really just helps to slightly brighten up the lip (and add sparkle!). 
  5. Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
    If you haven’t jumped on the lip butter train, what are you waiting for? These are sooooo moisturizing with decent pigmentation. Pink Truffle is a sheer mauve color that would work as a nude lip for darker complexions. 
Keep in mind that what might look light a colorful lipstick to you may work out to be a nude on someone with a different skin tone! I hope that at least one of these caught your eye, and can be your new go-to smoky eye companion.

What is your favorite fall makeup trend?
About Miranda:
Miranda Mendoza, named Most Buzzworthy Blogger by Allure Magazine, is the founder and writer of SlashedBeauty.com, an affordable beauty blog that proves you dont need to break the bank to look fabulous. Her favorite place to hang out is Disneyland, and her summer/fall obsession is the reality show, Big Brother. Youre likely to find her photographic swatches on her arm, or sitting on her phone playing the Mean Girls category on QuizUp. 

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All About Brow Products


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You're probably sick and tired of hearing bloggers and makeup artists alike reminding you of the importance of the filled-in brow, but hear me out! If you're not already on the groomed brow express, then it can definitely be overwhelming when trying to figure out where to start. I've created a tutorial on how to maintain your brows, but I haven't really talked about the different brow products available on the market. Well, look no further! Consider this your handy dandy guide to the world of brow products. First up: powders!

August 2014 Favorites


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I feel like I'm saying this every month, but forrrreal: how is it already September? The end of 2014 is near! Anyway, it's been a while since I've done a favorites post, so I figured why not do it now?! Here are seven products that I have been absolutely loving in the month of August:
  1. Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette- You're probably already familiar with the original Naked Basics palette and may not get the fuss over this second palette, but you guys: I totally prefer this palette to the original. The colors are cooler than the original palette, and there is a better variety of lighter and darker eyeshadows. A must have!
  2. Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum- I received a sample of this serum, which is a natural solution to helping with breakouts, and I totally fell in love. I'm not going to get too much into this, but I will tell you expect to see a full review of this product in the upcoming weeks. I love it!
  3. Too Faced Melted Lipsticks- I've already written about this here, so I'll save some words- but forrreal. If you haven't tried these yet... Do it. You won't regret it.
  4. Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin- I got a deluxe sample of this primer when I ordered some lipsticks from Urban Decay, and I totally fell in love. Always looking for a way to make my morning routine quicker, this primer is great because it adds a nice shimmer to my lids that won't budge throughout the day. It's also great paired with the Naked Basics palettes!
  5. La Bella Figura Lisette La Coquette Lip Color- La Bella Figura has finally released their highly anticipated makeup line, and it has not disappointed. This is the only product I ordered from their line, and I am so completely in love that I know I'll be ordering more. While the color may seem intimidating in the package, it applies sheer and can be built up for a more intense color. It's such a beautiful red/berry hybrid and is super moisturizing on the lips.
  6. Aila Cosmetics Ginger Nail Polish- Another natural nail polish company on my radar, and they also did not disappoint. I bought their nail polish in a bright coral, Ginger, and it makes me wish I had purchased this at the beginning of summer since this is the quintessential summer nail polish. That won't stop me from wearing it during the fall, though!
  7. Naturally Fly Honey Punch Body Butter- I received this body butter courtesy of Naturally Fly a few weeks back, and I am obsessed with how moisturizing these are. I pretty much suffer from chronically dry skin on my body, but this definitely remedies that problem. And the scent? Absolutely divine. A friend of mine was poking through my review basket, and could not stop smelling this body butter. It is definitely as sweet as honey! I also received a body butter in Midnight Mango which is also really nice, but I'm not gonna lie: I totally prefer the Honey Punch Body Butter!
What have been some of your favorite products in recent months? Give me some new products to try out! 

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 29


Happy Sunday everyone! It's been a crazy weekend over in my neck of the woods. Yesterday I spent all day working on a really fun bridal shoot on a farm nearby and got to bust out one of my favorite deep burgundy lipsticks on the model- hurray! Anyway, here's what you've missed.

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

// Jamming Out //

This music video for the A$AP Ferg remix of Haim's My Song 5 is bonkers. In the best way possible. So many cameos in one music video!


Let's Appreciate V-Neck T-Shirts


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Can we just take a moment to appreciate the glorious simplicity of the understated-yet-always-stylish v-neck t-shirt? Like, forrrreal you guys. When I was younger and was a dancer, I remember seeing some older dancers wearing a v-neck shirt on top of their sports bra and dance shorts and thinking to myself, "They are SO cool." Ever since that moment, v-neck shirts have been a staple in my wardrobe. I am a supremely lazy dresser, and knowing I can just slap a v-neck on and have it pair with just about anything in my closet makes me a very happy girl.

But not all v-neck shirts are made equal. If I had a nickel for every time I blindly ordered a v-neck online and had it fit terribly, I'd have like, six nickels. For me, I'm all about trying to conceal my midsection since I have a very short torso and all the weight I gain tends to go straight to my gut, so I tend to favor oversized and slouchy v-necks. My absolute favorite v-neck is the Madewell Slub V-Neck, which is featured in the photo above from my Instagram. It's really soft, comfortable, and flattering and doesn't reveal to much cleavage.

And here's a bonus: one of my favorite digital shorts from Saturday Night Live about dudes wearing v-necks. Slightly inappropriate for you youngin's reading!

How do you feel about v-necks? Do you have any other wardrobe essentials?

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